Palace: San­dra Cam’s fate up to Om­buds­man

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MALA­CAÑANG on Mon­day, March 25, dis­tanced it­self from the al­le­ga­tion that Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice (PCSO) board mem­ber San­dra Cam has amassed more than P500 mil­lion in un­ex­plained wealth.

Speak­ing to Palace re­porters, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the Palace would let the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man in­ves­ti­gate Cam’s sup­pos­edly hid­den wealth.

Panelo added that the ex­ec­u­tive has no plan of con­duct­ing a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the PCSO board mem­ber.

“From what I un­der­stand, some­body has al­ready filed a case in the Om­buds­man. So that’s the Om­buds­man call now,” the Palace of­fi­cial said in a press con­fer­ence.

“It’s be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. We will not be du­pli­cat­ing any in­ves­ti­ga­tion, con­sid­er­ing the fact that there is no more pend­ing case with the Om­buds­man,” he added.

In a com­plaint filed be­fore the Om­buds­man’s of­fice on March 22, a cer­tain Lino Es­pinosa Lim Jr. claimed that Cam has con­cealed her own­er­ship of sev­eral prop­er­ties in Mas­bate prov­ince by reg­is­ter­ing them un­der the names of her sis­ter Purisima Martinez, brother Martin Cam, and son Marco Cam.

Lim claimed Cam’s un­de­clared prop­er­ties in­clude Zan­dra’s Beach Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in San Fer­nando, Mas­bate, two parcels of land in Ti­cao Is­land in San Fer­nando town, and five parcels of land on Matabao Is­land in Bau­tan town.

Lim ques­tioned Cam’s ca­pa­bil­ity to fi­nance the con­struc­tion of the beach re­sort, which was opened in May 2018, in such a short time span with a value of ap­prox­i­mately P100 mil­lion.

Cam sur­faced in 2005 as a whistle­blower af­ter re­veal­ing that she served as bag­woman for for­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo’s son, Juan Miguel Ar­royo, and brother-in-law, the late Jose Ig­na­cio Ar­royo, in re­ceiv­ing pay­offs for the op­er­a­tions of il­le­gal num­bers game jueteng.

In 2016, Cam also ap­peared at a Se­nate in­quiry to tes­tify against de­tained Se­na­tor Leila de Lima, tag­ging the law­mak­ers in the il­le­gal drug trade.

Cam was then ap­pointed by Duterte to the PCSO in De­cem­ber 2017.

On Sun­day, March 25, De Lima chal­lenged Duterte to fire Cam over the PCSO of­fi­cial’s “un­ex­plained wealth.”

Panelo said Cam’s fate would de­pend on the re­sults of the Om­buds­man’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Since it’s al­ready with the Om­buds­man, and the Om­buds­man has the power to sus­pend, I think we’ll let it do the process,” he said. (Ruth Abbey Gita/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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